Pro tips on how to buy the best swimwear and how to take care of the sun!
Summer will be here before you know it and it calls for lots of leisure-filled weekends on sandy beaches. But before you can unwind by the shore, you must endure the dreaded hassle of swimsuit shopping, an exhausting experience for even the most seasoned shopper. Armed with years of experience surrounding all things sun and sand, Hawaii-based Red Bullsurf photographer Amber Mozo sat down with us at Oahu's Volcom Pipe Pro competition to give us a breakdown of her best swimwear shopping practices. Scroll through ahead for 9 can't-miss IRL Blue Crush moments paired with her practical fashion advice.
Right off the bat, Amber revealed how important it is to opt for a size smaller when grabbing swimwear. "I'm saying this since I'm not on land as much when I go by the water," she told Teen Vogue "I go down a size because, in the water, swimsuits become looser. If you know you're going to be in the ocean all summer, it's better to get something that's really tight on you."
Photo: Amber Mozo
She went on to say that she actively avoids fussy string bikini styles. "I love swimsuits you don't have to tie," the 19-year-old said. "They easily go over your head and stay on. I don't want anything falling off when I'm swimming or surfing."
When she goes deep into the waves for her photos, Amber switches up her outfit completely. "A classic one-piece with long-sleeves are typically what photographers and surfers in Hawaii wear," she explained. "The good thing is a lot of them have built-in UV protection, so you don't even have to put sunscreen on, the rash guard protects you."
Amber added, "Usually I go for a fitted zip-up in the front with a swimsuit underneath." This makes things easier once you emerge from the water. "When you're back on shore, some people just rip of their guard and are ready to go. This is really popular and I think it's only going to get bigger because of how good it is for your skin."
As far as ocean footwear goes, Amber has quite the collection of flippers. "I have several pairs," she confessed. "I put on the pink, stripes, black, or blue depending on the suit I wear."
Like most beachgoers though, she prefers to go barefoot once she hits the sand. "I seriously forget them in the sand every time," Amber said. "I've left all my favorite pairs along the shore, so I try to go barefoot as much as possible. California is a bit more of a hike and if I'm there, I'll wear slip-on or Rainbow sandals."
When it comes to navigating cover-ups, Amber leans toward oversize fuss-free options. "I love using polo shirts as cover-ups, but I'll put on sundresses from time to time," she revealed. "High-waisted shorts with a little shirt is ideal for the beach, too. I just try not to have a lot of stuff in my backpack."
Last but not least, Amber emphasized that hats are a must. "You need hats," she mentioned. "It makes my skin crawl when girls sit out and let their face get wrecked all day. I used to be that way years ago, but now I like to have a hat, an umbrella, sunglasses, and sunblock with me at all times."
Once you've finished with Amber's checklist, get ready to unplug and take in the gorgeous natural scenery. And if you have a moment, grab an Instagram-worthy picture near a palm tree like this one.
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